The gentleman aviator
Living in the 21st century has its pros (e.g. GPS navigation helps me and my yacht avoid the more dangerous areas of Lake Griffith), but also many cons. One of which is that some occupations that were once revered in society as involving only the gentlemanliest of gentlemen have today become diluted with bogans and gentleman imposters. I will highlight one such example of this today – the aviator.
You see, up until around the 1970s the aviator was a dignified, educated and courageous man. In fact, there were also many gentleladies who also fit this criteria.
Unfortunately today, the profession has been taken over by every half-drunk RAAF drop out (or so I assume). Occasionally when the VH-Griffith is out of service I need to take the public airoplane for my travels. I am frequently abhorred. If only the Sopwith Aviation Company were still around…
And not to mention the perils involved on public aircraft.
Shatner and Connery were not the only notable gentleman to have an affinity with air travel, though.
And let us not forget some gentleman who devoted their gentlemanly lives to the skies. They include the likes of Charles Lindbergh, Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith and Roger Ramjet.
And here’s something you can impress your friends or that special lady with at the next soiree you attend. Harry Houdini was the first person to fly a plane in Australia.
Until next time,